Tag - SFSTax

What makes a lease a lease? – April 19, 2019

What can get truly ugly, my fellow taxpayers? A tax surprise! Arthur E. Boyce claimed a $28,749 Section 179 deduction for the cost of his new truck. In walked the IRS, and it denied the Section 179 deduction because Boyce leased the truck that he thought he purchased. The court ruled for the IRS. Good-bye, $28,749 tax deduction. SURPRISE!! Pertinent Facts The contract between Boyce and Dan Wiebold Ford Inc. was titled “Motor Vehicle Lease Agreement—Closed-End” and called for Boyce to Make fixed monthly payments [...]

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Crypto, Extensions and more – April 4, 2019

April 4, 2019 What You Need to Know About Cryptocurrency and Taxes The IRS determines cryptocurrencies to be property, like stocks or real estate, you’ll need to pay taxes if you’ve realized a capital gain and you can lower your tax bill if you’ve taken a loss. Do I need to pay taxes on Bitcoin? That gain can be taxed at different rates. If you held a virtual currency for over a year before selling or paying for something with it, you pay [...]

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Extension – March 29, 2019

Hello Fellow Taxpayers, April 15th is only 18 days away and your tax return is due by midnight on the 15th. Just for kicks here is a list of the 10 most popular reasons for filing late or not filing at all: 1. Laziness 2. Forgetfulness 3. Confusion 4. Death or Serious Illness of Taxpayer or Immediate Family 5. Invalid Advice From a “Competent” Professional 6. Active Duty Military Service 7. Incarceration 8. Ignorance 9. Destruction of Records 10. Belief That Paying Income Taxes is Voluntary Are you using one of these [...]

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What’s in a name?- March 8, 2019

Hello Fellow Taxpayers, Have you ever gone to a restaurant and ordered a Coke, but the server said that they only had Pepsi? Unless you are my lovely wife who actually does not like Pepsi, do you usually say “Whatever”? Well, your name is very important when dealing in the tax game. When a client comes in, specifically a new client, they fill out the client profile and provide me with their driver’s license. We always ask for a copy [...]

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8.4%?? – February 22, 2019

Hello fellow taxpayers 8.4%!!! What does this mean? If you have been listening to the news recently, all the pundits and the know-it-alls are telling anyone who will listen that the average taxpayer is getting 8.4% less on their refunds. Well, my fine fellow tax filers, it’s your own money. Let’s not forget that if you are getting a refund (not due to an extraordinary item), you paid too much. This money goes into the government war chest (or “wall” chest); [...]

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1099? – February 15 2018

Hello Taxpayers! Over the past week or so, several new clients have come in. Each handed me ONE 1099-MISC. This form showed an amount in Box 7 (“Non-employee Compensation”), which indicates that they were treated as independent contractors and not employees. So before I went through my litany of questions such as what type of expenses they had, I confirmed with them that they only worked for this one company as they gave me just ONE 1099. It is apparent [...]

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“GOAT”- Best EA- February 5, 2019

Hello Fellow Taxpayers, Well, the GOAT has done it again. Though it was not the best played Super Bowl of all time, the best quarterback and maybe the best head coach of all time, won their 6th championship, more than anyone else. Also, they are both, the oldest to have done so. The point, my friends is that there is hope for us to succeed, no matter how old we are. We can always do better at our jobs, our relationships [...]

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Patriots & Ram’s, Oh My!- January 25, 2019

Howdy folks, Ali is home-bound and recovering. She saw her doctor on Tuesday for a post-op, and all is going according to plan. Man-Servant Jeff is doing what he can to make her a little more comfortable, but stubborn Ali still has to do things on her own and not rest (except after taking a pain pill, then nighty-night). The Super Bowl participants are set. The Patriots won in OT over the Chiefs. I hate to say it but, The GOAT, [...]

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The medical deduction man- January 18, 2019

Hello Fellow Taxpayers, I want to thank all of those who expressed well wishes when Ali went for shoulder replacement surgery on Monday (posted on my personal Facebook page). All went well and the procedure took less than an hour; however, I did not get to see her for almost four hours. I took her home on Tuesday, and she is recovering. Lots of pain means lots of drugs and lots of ice which helps, but it will be a [...]

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Family- November 8, 2018

Hello my friends, The elections are finally over which means the annoying ads and bad mouthing will stop. Well, maybe. Of course, there will still be the President’s tweets, and soon enough we will begin hearing the ads for the 2020 elections, so say the news pundits. I really wish there was a law preventing negative political ads. I was taught that if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. However, it all comes down to the [...]

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